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UN Women: Programme Specialist, Women Peace, Security
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|Location :||Monrovia, LIBERIA|
|Application Deadline :||21-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Over the course of 14 years of successive, brutal civil wars, widespread and gross human rights and women’s rights violations and abuses were committed, more than a quarter million people were killed, nearly a third of the population was displaced, and an estimated 80 percent of women and girls were victims of conflict-related sexual violence. By its resolution 1509 (2003), the Security Council authorized the establishment of UNMIL with a mandate, inter alia, of supporting the implementation of the ceasefire and peace agreements, facilitating human rights and humanitarian assistance, supporting security sector reform, and protecting civilians. As there has been steady improvement in the security of Liberia, and UNMIL’s mandate subsequently shifted in accordance with a new strategic goal of achieving a steady state of security and the development of national security services able to maintain stability independently of the peacekeeping operation.
On 30 June 2016, the Government of Liberia (GOL) has taken over all security functions from UNMIL whose further withdrawal, despite intense UNMIL campaign, causes fear among population from the possibility of pre and post-election violence. Vulnerability of women and girls still remains pronounced in communities despite efforts to resuscitate the protective mechanisms that individuals, families and communities typically provides. This situation continues to undermine sustainable community ownership and solutions for a last peacebuilding effect with emphases on conflict prevention. The organized mobs and gang rapes are still happing in Liberia are the reminders of the violence and uncertainty that existed during the civil war that could easily spread due to a number of ex-combatants or child-soldiers who are now in their adulthood productive age.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) are central to Liberia peace and security. The gender aspects of peace, security and conflicts are part of a complex approach to the problem of women and men who have an influence on or are affected by violence in conflicts.
UN Women has been a key actor on WPS in Liberia focusing on supporting the GoL and civil society partners in development and implementation of NAP 1325, women’s initiatives, especially Women’s Peace Huts, convening the UN system along with national and international partners in addressing VAW and GBV. Transition from a peacekeeping to the sustaining peace context provides Liberia with new opportunities for women’s engagement in all spheres of decision making as a well acknowledged strategy for consolidating peace in the country, although in some areas threats and intimidation are inhibiting factors for women’s full participation it is foreseen. The relation between gender and conflicts is the notion that conflicts adversely affect men and women and produce a specific inequality, particularly for women, a condition that is often neglected and poorly understood. At the same time, the work on GEWE is contributing at large to conflict prevention.
With the new strategic processes currently ongoing in Liberia, such as UNMIL withdrawal and transition of functions to the GoL and UNCT, development of a new Priority Peacebuilding Plan, the upcoming elections and the political transition to new the government, etc; it is essential that UN Women Country Office leads the work of the UNCT on WPS agenda, convenes and coordinates the system around the implementation of the SG’s Seven Point Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding within the evolving concept of sustaining peace and lead at the country level in implementing the Peacebuilding Commission’s Gender Strategy in Liberia country configuration. In this regard, UN Women is recruiting a WPS and humanitarian action Programme Specialist.
Reporting to the Country Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio. She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women RO/HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide programme development advisory services and develop programmes in the area of Women Peace, Security:
Manage the implementation and management of the Women Peace, Security area programme:
Oversee technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners:
Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project:
Manage the people and financial resources of the Women Peace, Security programme:
Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
Manage inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for the Women Peace, Security:
Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:
Key Performance Indicators:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.
Required Skills and Experience
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.